In Lebanon, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said today he is “suspending” his decision to resign from office, two weeks after he stunned Lebanon by announcing from Saudi Arabia that he was stepping aside due to unspecified concerns over his personal security. Hariri made the announcement after returning to Lebanon for the first time in weeks.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri: “Today I presented my resignation to his excellency, President Aoun, and he asked me to temporarily suspend submitting it and to put it on hold ahead of further consultations on the reasons for it. I expressed my agreement to this request, in the hope that it will form a serious basis for a responsible dialogue.”
Lebanon’s president and others have accused Saudi Arabia of kidnapping Hariri. Hariri denies Saudi officials forced him to resign. Hariri returned to Lebanon alone, and his wife and two children are reportedly still inside of Saudi Arabia.